Knee pain is a common problem that can originate in any of the bony structures that make up the knee, such as the knee joint (femur, tibia, fibula), the kneecap (patella), or the ligaments and cartilage.
Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. It may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage, but may also be caused by arthritis or infection. Diagnosis will usually consist of a physical evaluation and x-rays. You will be asked about your pain level, knee flexibility, and general mobility.
In extreme situations, surgery may be required to repair the damage caused by injury. Although, in most cases, self-care and using a knee brace for support will help relieve pain. Physical therapy may also be recommended. Call a doctor if your knee “gives out” or you can’t put any weight it.